Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

Three men nabbed with drugs valued over R22 000 were among 73 arrested in Humansdorp Cluster

THORNHILL – Humansdorp Cluster intensified efforts to rid streets of illicit drugs after 43 of the 73 arrested suspects were netted for possession of illicit drugs last week.

On Sunday, 7 July 2019 after midday, police received information about a maroon Opel Corsa bakkie that was allegedly transporting illicit drugs to Hankey. At about 3pm, Thornhill police pulled instructed the driver of the bakkie, fitting the same description, on the N2. During the search, police recovered drugs stashed behind a radio in a false compartment behind the vehicle’s dashboard. A total amount of 330 mandrax tablets and several bankies of crystal meth (tik) were recovered. The total estimated street value of the drugs is R22 500. The three occupants in the vehicle were arrested and their vehicle was confiscated for further investigation. The men aged between 28 and 35, all from Hankey, are due to appear before the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court today (8 July 2019) on charges of possession of mandrax and tik.

The trio is among the 73 people who were arrested in the Humansdorp Cluster during crime prevention operations last week. A total of 43 of those were suspects that were arrested for possession of illicit drugs in the nine policing precincts of the cluster. Other arrests were for offences such as drunk driving and menial offences such as drunk and disorderly.

Source: South African Police Service

JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO BE BRIEFED BY SIU ON BUDGET

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services will tomorrow receive a briefing from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on its Annual Performance Plan (APP) and Budget. The committee will also receive a briefing from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on its APP.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

NORTHERN CAPE – Jan Esterhuise (41) will spend life behind bars, subsequent to be found guilty and sentenced by the Northern Cape High Court last week Friday, 05 July 2019. He was found guilty and convicted for the brutal murder of a 44-year-old Riana du Toit and for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

On the day of the crime, the victim stopped her vehicle to offer a lift to Esterhuise as he was hitch hiking. Esterhuise grabbed Riana and took her outside the vehicle, assaulted and robbed her of her belongings. It emerged in court during trial that Esterhuise bludgeoned Riana’s head with rocks and left her to die just next to her car. She suffered severe head injuries and she subsequently sustained various facial lacerations.

The victim was discovered by her colleague on a dirt road between Sutherland and Merweville.

In her judgement, Judge Alme Stanton found that Esterhuise had not shown any remorse for the murder of Du Toit. She sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder and 15 years imprisonment for the aggravated robbery. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

The Northern Cape Police Management condemns violent crimes against women and children and welcomed the life term sentencing handed down to Esterhuise. The Investigating Officer was commended for working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that Esterhuise was removed from our society.

Source: South African Police Service

Dagga traffickers apprehended

ALIWAL NORTH CLUSTER – On 7th July 2019, during a multi-disciplinary operation, the Aliwal North and Queenstown Crime Intelligence Unit, Aliwal North K9 Unit, and Queenstown COCC seized six (6) mielie meal bags filled with dagga from a Toyota Quantum taxi that was searched on the R56 Road, Molteno. Two suspects, aged 40 and 20, were subsequently arrested. The duo is expected to appear in court soon.

The Aliwal North Deputy Cluster Commander commends the members for their diligent work in conducting operations resulting in successful results. He also applauds the Aliwal North Cluster and Queenstown Cluster for working hand-in-hand in apprehending dagga traffickers in the province.

Source: South African Police Service